Douglas Coupland

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Post by round bits of plastic » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:11 pm

chris_ps wrote:CBC (Canada) have made it into a series, I've been, er, acquiring it from somewhere. Each episode is an hour long (well, 45 minutes minus the adverts) and from what I can tell, it's not really a sitcom, no canned laughter or owt like that.
well the're the best ones aren't they? I hate all those "LAUGH NOW" sitcoms.

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Post by manydjs » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:22 pm

I Really liked the gum thief at first but when i had some time to think about it. I think coupland is coasting a bit and doing books by numbers now, thats sounds harsh i know but 40 pages of code in jpod is just taking the piss.

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Post by soft revolution » Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:31 am

Ooh, bugger, I started reading Gum Thief and I've forgotten where I put it.

Whats with Glove Pond? Didn't really get that.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:48 am

That's the novel within the novel isn't it?

This is just what I remember from the review, like.

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Post by soft revolution » Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:40 am

That's the one. One of the characters wrote it, but I just found it fairly dull.

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Post by Miss Spangle » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:13 pm

Is it me or am I the only person who does not get Coupland? I have a big problem with his writing. I would go as far as say I have never understood why he achieved critical acclaim and why ‘Girlfriend in a coma’ became a must read. I struggled with his at times, confused writing, too much self-consciously clever use of the familiar clichés of popular culture, two dimensional unbelievable characters. I really tried to like him but he actually put me off reading for a few weeks as it was a chore not a joy to read him. Part of me thinks I should try something else by him but there are so many great things to read out there, I feel it would be a waste of my time

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Post by manydjs » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:29 pm

Miss Spangle wrote:Is it me or am I the only person who does not get Coupland? I have a big problem with his writing. I would go as far as say I have never understood why he achieved critical acclaim and why ‘Girlfriend in a coma’ became a must read. I struggled with his at times, confused writing, too much self-consciously clever use of the familiar clichés of popular culture, two dimensional unbelievable characters. I really tried to like him but he actually put me off reading for a few weeks as it was a chore not a joy to read him. Part of me thinks I should try something else by him but there are so many great things to read out there, I feel it would be a waste of my time

I never really rated girlfriend in a coma,i thought shampoo planet or life after god are far better books.

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Post by aorta » Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:42 pm

I like Generation X and MicroSerfs. Girlfriend in a Coma didn't do it for me either.
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Post by the slow century » Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:13 pm

hey nostradamus was great, but it drove me insane wondering about the ending. literally for weeks. microserfs was really good too. it's one of my favourite books now. girlfriend in a coma was alright and scary in places (or rather, bits scared me). generation x left me feeling really cold all in all, but maybe that was the point?

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Post by LazyLinePainter » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:23 pm

Coupland is a genious!

Girlfriend in a Coma and Hey Nostradamus! were just wonderful :) The ending of Hey Nostradamus! rattled my little brain too but it was so so good!

Can't wait to get stuck into some of his other books ^__^

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Post by LazyLinePainter » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:51 pm

Finished Eleanor Rigby. First time I felt like crying when reading a book.

Working my way through Miss Wyoming now :-)

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Post by crystalball » Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:13 pm

Recently I've been buying books and reading and buying books and reading and staying in and buying books and reading - but now I'd love to read some Coupland and I haven't got anything. Should I get Eleanor Rigby? Mind you, I'm so bored, I might write it myself.

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Post by indiansummer » Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:35 pm

crystalball wrote:Recently I've been buying books and reading and buying books and reading and staying in and buying books and reading - but now I'd love to read some Coupland and I haven't got anything. Should I get Eleanor Rigby? Mind you, I'm so bored, I might write it myself.
i thought Eleanor Rigby was nice, if unspectacular. Certainly underwhelming after the spectacular return to form of Hey Nostradamus!. It's better than Jpod (which is nowhere near as clever or funny as it thinks it is) though.

i liked The Gum Thief - i thought it was going to be Coupland by numbers, but in the end it turned out to be remarkably sweet. i like it in much the same way as i like Miss Wyoming, i think. Neither are especially clever, but then again they don't try to be either. They're just lovely, compelling and pretty gosh-darn well-written stories.
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Re: Coupland

Post by crystalball » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:07 am

Thanks Will. I ordered Hey Nostradamus! and Miss Wyoming on your recommendation. Now I need to give up my job so I can sit at home and read forever.

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Post by linus » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:27 am

possibly one of my least favourite writers... when I was working in borders in brighton he came to do a reading, odd looking cove- very shiny, like a porcelain pee wee herman figuirine, made jeff koons look like grizzly adams in need of a wash... any road up, he sits out the back for a while beforehand and pays special regard to a children's book he's picked up on the way through the children's department- reading that rather than indulging in chit chat with the person from the publishers, this book:

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he then goes out does his reading, answers a few questions, receives tumultuous applause, goes to collect his bits and pieces from out the back and in full view of borders staff purloins the little kiddies book, thanks everyone and then leaves...

I think that's the most entertaining thing coupland (what is he? cher now?) has ever done, I'm aware of

a delightfully offbeat character, can't stand his books though- ugh!

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:11 pm

crystalball wrote:Thanks Will. I ordered Hey Nostradamus! and Miss Wyoming on your recommendation. Now I need to give up my job so I can sit at home and read forever.
Hope you enjoy them! Miss Wyoming tends to divide people, but i find it to be one of his sweeter efforts. i do think that Hey Nostradamus! is an excellent novel though.

I'd also suggest that Miriam Toews is worth reading, for anyone feeling a little impatient with regards to Coupland's next book.
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Post by Martijn » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:11 pm

linus wrote:I think that's the most entertaining thing coupland (what is he? cher now?) has ever done, I'm aware of
Lovely story! In the few interviews I read with him, he came accross as genuinely nice though. I've been boycotting his books since I read the utterly depressing jPod though. (Eleanor Rigby is sweet though. Strange and pointless, but sweet.)

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:22 pm

Do give The Gum Thief a go, Martijn. I was deeply unimpressed with Jpod and thought he might have lost it (whatever 'it' is), but Sarah bought TGT for me and i was very pleasantly surprised. It's also pointless, but it's still very lovely.

And nothing like Jpod, thank fuck.
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Re: Coupland

Post by crystalball » Fri May 01, 2009 10:03 pm

Finished reading Hey Nostradamus! the other day. What a great book! That device he uses of the different characters telling their story and touching upon the others' stories works perfectly, doesn't it? A bunch of people with lives utterly drowned in tragedy yet there's practically nothing in the way of sensationalism because he just stops and moves on at the right moment. And every single point made is questioned and then turned around and questioned some more from all those different perspectives but everyone is observed with wonderful but not sugary, patronising sympathy. Thanks for the recommendation, indiansummer!

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Re: Coupland

Post by indiansummer » Sat May 02, 2009 8:51 am

crystalball wrote:Finished reading Hey Nostradamus! the other day. What a great book! That device he uses of the different characters telling their story and touching upon the others' stories works perfectly, doesn't it? A bunch of people with lives utterly drowned in tragedy yet there's practically nothing in the way of sensationalism because he just stops and moves on at the right moment. And every single point made is questioned and then turned around and questioned some more from all those different perspectives but everyone is observed with wonderful but not sugary, patronising sympathy. Thanks for the recommendation, indiansummer!
No worries! Glad you liked it. It's one of my favourite novels. Must re-read at some point!
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